:: Can't Give Up The Feeling ::
:: Can't Change Destiny ::
:: Hit-N-Run ::
:: I'm Hurt ::
I can put this one off no longer.
A dear friend gave me this album about 5 years ago and thank God they did, because although it is one of the worst records ever made, I happen to love it very much. Just one look is all it takes. Get it? If listening to the Village People makes you question your sexuality, you can always take comfort with the All Sports Band. Feel better now?
Story goes something like this: A guy named Tracy Coats, a live sound engineer from Cleveland famous for recordings like Frampton Comes Alive, Kiss Alive I & II and The Village People Live has a bright idea one day. He recruits the Village People's session bassist, Alfonso Carey and another local Cleveland guitarist named Cy Sulack, and eventually adds keyboardist Chuck Kentis who played on the VP's live album and went on to play with Rod Stewart, Joan Jett and John Waite. Drummer Jimmy "The Boxer" Clark and singer Michael John Toste filled out the lineup, and they were ready to start playing stadiums.
Coats sealed a record deal and found investors to back them, but when the record didn't sell, the team went bankrupt and had to sell off all their bats and helmets. It's one of those stories that reaffirms your faith in human nature. Just because the Village People found success wearing costumes, it didn't mean the public was willing to buy some guys wearing sports uniforms while singing songs about good lovin' gone bad. These songs are so wimpy, the macho costumes become super-ludicrous.
While most of the guys in the band went on to make decent livings playing music, singer Michael John Toste has claimed to have received financial advice from God, and is a self-proclaimed "prophet and business consultant" who allegedly tried to raise funds for his ministry via a Sept. 11 anniversary event in Washington DC in 2002. If you want to hear some more great music (although Mr. Toste ain't doin' no singin'), go here.
So while you're watching Prince during half time this Sunday, just imagine if the All Sports Band had been successful, maybe they'd be playing instead of Prince. Oh well, our loss.
Hut Hut Mike